Canada: Nominate An Inspiring Private Company To Win This Prestigious Award
Last Updated: June 7 2016

"When a great private business success story comes along it needs to be recognized, celebrated and shared for its tremendous achievements", says Kevin Ladner, Executive Partner and CEO, Grant Thornton LLP. "We need to make sure we are aware of these great growth stories, so these companies so they can be celebrated, nationally"

The Private Business Growth Award honours companies that have achieved strategic, sustainable and holistic growth, and collectively contributed to the strength of Canada's economy. Nominations are being accepted until July 15, 2016.

"This award program helps to nurture business growth and inspire Canadian entrepreneurs" says Mr. Ladner. "In fact, the program has been designed to provide value for all companies that get involved – with special recognition being given to the Top 10 finalists."

Jason Castellan, co-founder and CEO of Skyline Group of Companies, a two time finalist, says striving to win the Private Business Growth Award, makes a company stronger. "The program provides a unique opportunity to reflect. Often we are so busy we don't always make the time for self-assessment, to acknowledge what we have done well and identify the areas where we need to improve," he says.

Skyline, a full-service real estate investment management organization, placed in the Top 10 in 2014 and 2015. He says the Top 10 finish benefitted the company in several ways including recruiting, raising the profile of the company and nurturing a desire to continue to improve. "Now that we have set that high-water mark we want to aim higher," he says.

Mr. Castellan also says the program can boost opportunities for growth. "The media exposure can be valuable if you want to expand and establish in new markets. It legitimizes you at a national level," he says.

"Often it is the big public companies that get the recognition and get praised on the front pages of newspapers. These awards help private companies, which are typically community based, get that national exposure," he says.

Mr. Castellan urges other private businesses to enter the award program. "You have to have a clear vision of how you got to where you are and a clear vision of where you are going. Be authentic and share all the trials and tribulations of your business story. People can see through the fluff, so be real and honest," he advises.

"Award finalists are true Canadian success stories," the Hon. Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce says. "They are companies from all regions and all sectors that are demonstrating what happens when a strong entrepreneurial spirit, a vision for the future and a winning business environment come together."

Originally produced by Randall Anthony Communications and published by the Globe Edge Content Studio

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